How to Make Easy DIY Envelopes

I actually made these paper envelopes to send our wedding invitations in. It was a combination of not wanting to buy the envelopes when I already had the paper, and wanting to use something colorful and fun. Plus there’s nothing better than crafting while drinking a glass of wine and watching a chick flick. AmIrightoramIright? Oh, and the total cost per envelope was 5¢. Which means I made 100 of them for $5.00. Five dollars! Nothing you need for a wedding costs five dollars! If you’re down to spend the time, this is a definite cost savings.

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Skill level: This project requires no skill whatsoever. No, really. If you can cut paper and use double sided tape you’ll have professional looking decorative envelopes in no time.
Time commitment estimate: It depends on how many you want to make. Keep in mind that once you’ve done a few, they’ll start to move much faster.

To start: The envelopes described in this tutorial are 4 x 6. You can make any size you want, but just note you’ll need to alter the dimensions and quantities mentioned below.

Handmade envelope supplies you’ll need (below are some links to Amazon if you want things delivered to you, otherwise Joann’s or your local craft store should have everything you need):

1. Paper – I already had the paper pad in the photo below laying around, and will probably still be using it for various craft projects for the next 10 years. It’s a lot of paper. Here’s a similar one by the same company, that ends up costing you 5¢ a sheet…or 5¢ an envelope! You’ll need one sheet of 12 x 12 paper for each 4 x 6 envelope you make, but you’ll have enough paper scraps left over from each sheet to hang onto for you next project. If you’re only making a few you could always buy it by the piece at your favorite craft store as well.

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2. Double sided tape – In my crafting opinion, you can never have enough of this stuff.
3. Scissors – In order to be able to accurately cut a few pieces of paper at once to save time, I actually used an acrylic quilting ruler and a rotary cutter for all of the straight edges (both of which came in very handy for this other project I did). Then I used an x-acto knife for the curves. I have a lot of experience using an x-acto knife from my design school days, so definitely stick to scissors if you’re not used to using one. But whatever you do, don’t use your fabric scissors for this project. You’ll dull them out in a second.
4. Pencil – Or pen. 
5. Piece of cardboard 
– 4 x 6 (I used an old shoe box).
6. Envelope template – Click here to download our free envelope template PDF.

Step 1: Lay the envelope template on the wrong side of your paper and trace around it. Then cut it out.


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Step 2: Place the 4 x 6 cardboard rectangle on top of the envelope you just cut out.

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Step 3: Using a ruler or something flat and stiff, fold all edges onto the piece of cardboard.

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Step 4: Add a piece of double sided tape to both side flaps.

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Step 5: Fold the bottom up and press along where the tape is.

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Step 6: Add a shipping address and stamp. I used our return address label (that I printed myself since I wasn’t about to buy those either) to seal the envelope closed.

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10 thoughts on “How to Make Easy DIY Envelopes

  1. Jan says:

    What a great idea to make envelopes to fit a project! Now I can make quilled cards in a different size and be assured I’ll have an envelope that will work.
    Thanks to whomever decided to do this!

  2. Lori says:

    Good idea to use your return label to secure flap. Could also use a glue stick. I have to anyway as I am allergic to the glue on envelope flaps! Ugh, what a hassle, might try the return label. Thanks!

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